Sanju Samson’s sensational hundred on his captaincy debut went in useless as younger pacer Arshdeep Singh held his nerve within the closing over to assist Punjab Kings pull off a thrilling four-run win over Rajasthan Royals in a high-scoring IPL recreation in Mumbai on Monday. KL Rahul (91 off 50) and Deepak Hooda (64 off 28) powered Punjab Kings to an imposing 221 for six after being put in to bat on a batting magnificence. Samson virtually took Royals dwelling with a breathtaking 119 off 63 balls however was caught off the sport’s closing ball with left-arm pacer Arshdeep defending 13 runs within the final over.
Samson, who effortlessly struck 7 sixes and 12 fours, was so assured of taking his group dwelling that he refused a single to Chris Morris on penultimate ball of the sport when Royals wanted 5 runs off two balls.
Ultimately, it was to not be for Royals as Punjab scraped by way of.
Chasing 222, Rajasthan misplaced opener Ben Stokes (0) early. Arshdeep then eliminated Manan Vohra (12) as he lobbed a regulation return catch, leaving Royals in hassle at 25 for two.
Samson and Jos Buttler (25), who struck 4 successive boundaries off Riley Meredith, tried to take the sport deep with a 45-run stand. Pacer Jhye Richardson pegged Rajasthan again by cleansing up Buttler.
Samson, who was dropped twice, accomplished his fifty with a boundary and stored taking part in his photographs to maintain his group within the recreation regardless of shedding companions on the different finish.
Royals fetched 26 runs from the 14th and fifteenth over after which Murugan Ashwin conceded three sixes within the sixteenth over, as Royals amassed 20 runs, to carry down the equation to 48 runs from the final 4.
Samson hammered Richardson for 2 boundaries and a six within the 18th over, by which Royals acquired 19 runs and took his group on the cusp of a wonderful win earlier than falling brief.
Regardless of the win, Punjab can be anxious that their costly quick bowling recruits from Australia, Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith, leaked 55 and 49 runs respectively of their 4 overs.
Earlier, Rahul smashed 7 fours and 5 sixes whereas Hooda, taking part in his first recreation for the reason that final IPL, plundered 6 maximums and 4 boundaries to fireside Punjab previous 200.
They misplaced opener Mayank Agarwal (14) early, who edged it again to Samson for IPL debutant Chetan Sakariya’s first wicket. He ended being the choose of the bowlers, conceding solely 5 runs within the twentieth over.
Rahul, who acquired his first 4 with a look to the fine-leg fence, and Chris Gayle (40 off 28) gave the group an excellent begin with their 67-run stand.
Rahul acquired a ‘life’ after Ben Stokes dropped him on the fence within the seventh over at the same time as Gayle, appeared in his parts. The duo then took on Stokes, as Gayle hit his 350th IPL six, a pull over deep sq. within the eighth over with Punjab racing to 70 for one.
Gayle was dropped by leggie Rahul Tewatia (0/25) off his personal bowling and the very subsequent ball, the left-hander smashed a six.
Nonetheless, within the tenth over, Riyan Parag (1/7) eliminated Gayle, who was holed out to Stokes within the deep.
Rahul then modified gears and acquired to his fifty with a six over Shivam Dube’s (0/20) head within the thirteenth over. Hooda then smashed two maximums in the identical over after which struck three sixes off Shreyas Gopal (0/40) within the subsequent as Punjab went ballistic.
It was Rahul and Hooda’s present on the Wankhede that made the distinction to their complete because the duo tore into the opposition assault on method to to their 105-run stand. Courtesy their monstrous hitting, Punjab added 111 runs within the closing eight overs.
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